Bromley Council deny BBC claims over cash cow litter fines
PUBLISHED: 10:34 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:34 29 January 2013
Litter fines are being used as a 'cash cow' by Bromley Council, claims a BBC investigation that found the number of monthly £80 penalties leapt from four to 618 after employing private company XFor to issue the fines.
The company were brought in on a trial basis to reduce the council’s annual £4 million expenditure on cleaning streets and are now expected to extend their contract.
Bromley, one of three London councils to employ XFor, say profits generated from the fines will be focused on other tackling other problems such as dog fouling.
However, deputy leader Cllr Colin Smith maintains the initiative was only designed to cover costs and is actually making a small loss.
He said: “Bromley’s street scene and our high streets are incredibly important to us and we can make no apology for trying to drive standards of street cleanliness ever higher.
“Why should the vast majority of council taxpayers who conduct themselves properly and don’t litter have to pay to clean up after those who can’t be bothered?”